Manchester United, Chelsea ‘battling for Leeds United’s Illan Meslier’

Manchester United and Chelsea are reportedly battling for the signature of Leeds United goalkeeper Illan Meslier, who is also wanted by Bayern Munich.

Manchester United i Chelsea Both are said to be looking for the signature of Leeds United porter Meslier in the evening.

The 22-year-old took over Kiko Casilla as the Whites’ number one towards the end of the 2019-20 season and has won many admirers in the Premier League.

Meslier has kept 27 clean sheets in 103 appearances for Leeds in all competitions so far, having left Lorient for Elland Road on an initial loan deal in 2019.

The Frenchman’s move to England was made permanent following Leeds’ promotion to the Premier League in 2020, and he has 18 clean sheets from 87 top-flight appearances.

Meslier has registered just two dismissals in 14 Premier League games this season and will not become a free agent until 2026, but his performances and potential have attracted suitors.

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According to Media Foot, both Chelsea and Man United are interested in signing Meslier, but both clubs face stiff competition in the form of Bayern Munich.

The German champions reportedly see Meslier as an ideal long-term replacement Manuel Neuer should be a move for Aston Villa and the Argentina number one Emiliano Martinez not come to fruition.

However, the report adds that Meslier would prefer to remain in the Premier League should he leave Leeds, giving Man United and Chelsea an early boost in the race for his services.

The Red Devils could say goodbye to the current first-choice goalkeeper David of Gea at the end of the season as the 31-year-old’s contract expires in just over six months.

Man United recently activated one-year extensions for cold, Diogo Dalot, Luke Shaw i Marcus Rashfordbut they have not activated a similar 12-month option in De Gea’s deal.

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag with goalkeeper David de Gea on 30 October 2022© Reuters

As things stand, De Gea could start talks with foreign clubs in January, and Atletico Madrid are said to be considering a move for their former player, who left the Spanish capital in 2011 to join Man United.

Meanwhile, Chelsea also face uncertainty over their two shots Kepa Arrizabalaga emerging from the shadows to relegate Edward Mendy on the bench in recent weeks.

Unhappy at being demoted to second-choice, Mendy is understood to be considering his future at Stamford Bridge and has reportedly turned down the chance to sign a new six-year deal.

Mendy’s contract does not expire until 2025, the same length as Kepa’s, his own long-term career plan is also shrouded in uncertainty despite his recent renaissance.

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